Prices to suit you
One of the most exciting new things about our new Pro Gallery service is the option to set individual price plans for different collections. So for example, you might want to charge more for your corporate work than for shooting a friend’s wedding. Easy, you just set your prices per collection.
You could even decide on different price plans from the same photo shoot by uploading your photos into multiple collections. Likewise, you can have collections for purely panoramic or square prints by only making panoramic or square print products available, so nobody buys cropped photo prints of your work. You can easily update your price plan to benefit from this great new option by logging into your account and going to the prices section. Simple!
The all new Pro Gallery
© Damian Gillie
Damian specialises in architectural and industrial photography. He enthusiastically says, ‘What I really like about being a photographer is the mask it lets me wear and the ticket to places it gives me access to.’
‘A photographer stands apart in a crowd, part invisible, part feared, part respected, part disregarded, but always
central to what’s happening around them.
I love to be in this situation, observing and being given the freedom to be different.’
‘A good commercial photographer should always be able to put his or her client in a good light’
Without photography he claims, ‘I would never have been to Oman, been on an oil rig, had tea with the Archbishop of Canterbury, gone down the deepest mine in Africa, up an electricity pylon, flown first-class, watched close-up brain surgery, flown along the trans-Alaskan pipeline, spent 3 days in a Whisky distillery, or swum with turtles in Barbados.’ He even met his wife through photography, so really feels it has formed and informed his whole life.
His advice for someone starting up is to be positive, to be yourself, and be seen by as many people as possible. ‘With digital there is the perception of a level playing field where anyone can take a picture and the technology can cure all if things aren’t up to scratch. So it’s easy to underestimate the skills required. A good commercial photographer should always be able to put his or her client in a good light, put the subject in a good light, work fast and efficiently, and come away with the right product.’ He firmly believes that if you have the ability, character and perseverance you will succeed.
Find out more at: www.damiangillie.com
Moments that matter
PhotoBox is proud to sponsor the Renaissance Photography Prize 2009, a charity dedicated to helping young people with Breast Cancer. This year’s overall theme is Moments That Matter, with PhotoBox sponsoring the ‘Moments of Emotion’ category, the winner of which is shown right. Congratulations go to all the winners. This year’s entries have been really inspiring and we’re looking forward to doing all the photo printing for the forthcoming exhibition in March. Celebrity judges Martin Parr, Eamonn McCabe, Charlie Waite and Brigette Lardinois have certainly had their work cut out. See all the winning entries and details on how you can do your bit for the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care on the Renaissance website.
Check out what’s on now
© Focus on Imaging
Europe’s biggest annual imaging show is back at the Birmingham NEC the month from 22nd-25th February. Anyone who’s a regular at the show will already be aware that Focus on Imaging is a great way to find out about new product launches, enjoy inspiring seminars, and get great advice from those in the know. This year is the 20th anniversary of the show and so it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Well worth making time for! See site for details.
From 'Laykillers' © James Pogson
The end of January saw the launch of exciting work by five worthy winners of the Jerwood Photography Awards 2008. This year’s star young graduates are: Martina Lindqvist, Alice Myers, James Pogson, Kurt Tong and Nicky Walsh. Catch the exhibition until 29th March at Bradford’s Impressions Gallery. Pictured right is a taste of what’s on offer in the form of one of James Pogson’s technicolour portrait shots, designed to highlight assertiveness in his subjects.
New ideas & classics you won’t want to be without
Following on from the huge success of his last two DVDs, Damien Lovegrove has just launched another two really helpful discs entitled ‘The Big Day the Lovegrove Way’ and ‘Lighting Winter Weddings’. They’re both packed full of great advice, making them well worth their £75 price tags. You can also save £20 if you buy the two together. For aspiring wedding photographers, wanting to know how to get it right every time, these discs are a must buy. Well done Damien, clear and inspiring as ever.
Want your camera to stand out from the crowd, take a look at this tempting little number. Pentax has launched a limited-edition of its 10.2 megapixel K-m digital SLR in brilliant white. If you fancy getting your hands on one you better act quickly as only 100 are destined for the UK. With plenty of pixels, a 2.7” screen, lightweight body and newly designed control system, it’s certainly not a case of style over substance.
1. Feeling reflective
Try building up a series of self-portraits using reflective surfaces whenever you see them.
2. Light ideas
Experiment with different light sources such as candlelight, firelight, tungsten light to give a different feel to your photos.
3. Impressive patterns
A telephoto lens can help accentuate repeating patterns and it compresses what it sees giving greater impact to the pattern.
Photobox has always proved the quickest online lab in our tests, with prints consistently being delivered the very next morning - even for large-volume orders placed as late as 4pm.
I reckon that tying in with Facebook will considerably expand the usefulness of Photobox’s services by allowing users to import their Facebook photos directly to Photobox and vice versa.
Photobox is also blisteringly fast, with next-day delivery for print orders placed up until 4pm.
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